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Truro, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 April 2015

It's the closest hostel to greyhound bus stop,and the only hostel in Airlie which pick you up,I arrived at 7.30 in morning and wasn't expecting to be checked in till noon,but I got checked in straight away...my room was clean and tidy,the staff friendly and helped me book some trips,had a well equipped kitchen and lots tables,and if you don't...

1Thank Marksambo
Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 12 April 2015

We stayed here because it was out of town and hoped for a good night's sleep. This place was noisy, dirty, and rundown with the most uncomfortable bed I have slept in. The accommodation here was more expensive than many places right in the centre of town. If I had the time again I would definitely stay right in town...

2Thank NJandCJ
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 April 2015

I stayed here last year and was really looking forward to returning last weekend. I was quite disappointed with the hostel this year. Our room was really dusty upon arrival and the showers were pretty dirty the whole time. It seems like the whole place is a bit run down, beds need replacing, walls painting etc. The staff did not...

2Thank Teamtam13
Reviewed 8 April 2015

Great Staff, Clean bedrooms and Bathrooms, close to the Airlie Beach port and Greyhound Bus Stop. Everything you need for a couple of days! Only bad point : you just have 1 hour of free wifi and it's bloody slow. Anyway still highly recommend this place

Thank Lambert S
Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

We originally booked two night but loved the chilled and social atmosphere we booked for another two. Great layout, friendly staff, clean rooms. Excellent beds with very effective air con. No problems and they even had a pub quiz every night which was lovely for meeting people. Would stay again! Highly recommended

Thank Sarah M
Orebro, Sweden
Reviewed 16 March 2015

I read carefully through both Tripadvisors and their own page and it clearly stated a free wifi was included, but no. Not only did the wifi cost, it's one of the east coast slowest wifi's swell. And when you finally did pay for this "one of a kind" wifi it broke.

2Thank Carl-Johan D
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Reviewed 16 February 2015

3 of us (mid-late 20's) stayed here for 4 nights during Feb 2015. Greeted by friendly staff at the reception that gave us everything we needed, bed linen, keys, wifi password and trip advice. The rooms were bunked and had a lock box for each guest. All the rooms had Air con + ceiling fans which was great for a...

Thank Jordan G
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 February 2015 via mobile

This hostel is the only one in Airlie beach to collect you/drop you off at the greyhound station. This was great. I arrived at 7am in the morning and was checked in straight away and told I could go to my room. Throughout my stay the staff were friendly and helpful, even joining in on a night out. Everything was...

2Thank Ruthie016
Reviewed 2 February 2015

Arriving via the Greyhound bus I was a bit disoriented and I didn't know which way my hostel was; turns out, it was right in front of me! Super convenient because distance to the bus station is important for me (I had a lot of luggage). I stayed here in January 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed my one night stay. They...

1Thank Tia K
Reviewed 19 January 2015

Stayed for one night. The place is pretty rundown, room not swept for awhile, curtains stained, mattress pad was falling apart, cockroach in kitchen. Staff is friendly and it is well located to the bus station and port of airlie.

Thank WinnipegCecilia

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Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and offers a very social, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation is available in four share rooms, one 8 share and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. Airconditioning is included during the warmer months (mid Sept to mid May) The hostel has a saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks, sun-lounges and palm trees as well as a huge sunbaking deck. A fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and utensils is provided, as is a laundry. The games room has internet access and pool table. Each night, during 'happy hour' the staff hold social activities to help guests meet each other - these include: *Team trivia competitions with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne. * Wii Sports competitions including Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing * Killer Pool comps After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach (Sunday and Tuesday nights) With the best local knowledge of all the tours in the Whitsundays we can help you choose the best trip for your needs. By the Bay is not affiliated with any tour opperators so we don't force any boat on you. We give you all the info and let YOU pick. We also offer a free nights accommodation and free luggage storage with every overnight sailing tour booked with us The friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you! *FREE Courtesy bus service meeting all coaches(between 7am-7:30pm). *FREE Tea and Coffee *FREE Wii Sports game *FREE quiz for a bottle of champagne every night! *FREE hammocks, sunlounges and BBQ use *FREE accommodation and storage (with every overnight trip booked) *FREE linen supplied to all beds *FREE unbiased tour advice- often at standby or discounted prices *FREE Fully equipped kitchen - all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans provided at no charge!!! *FREE Off street parking *FREE WiFi available, two hours on arrival ($4 per 24 hour login logout) *Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron *Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days organized *All rooms serviced daily *Lending library *Safe and secure 24 hour access ... more   less 

Additional Information about Backpackers by the Bay

Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Price Range: ₹ 2,320 - ₹ 4,060 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands
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“our double on the girls bathroom side had great views”
SunsetTravler2017, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can opt for female only dorms in this hostel”
NomadYaz, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid Dormitory Room 3 - the fan has a noisy click.”
Karlmate, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“Book directly for free wifi!”
banrab, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Book a tour through the hostel and get a night free.”
216tads, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
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